That is interesting. One of my abusers lived in Gassetts, VT, which is between Chester and Ludlow. My abuse there happened in early 1974 at the hands of the patriarch of a farm family who at one time used to own the former gas station in Gassetts at the intersection of the road to Springfield. I was placed with them upon the recommendation of a family friend who also lived for many years in Gassetts in the old schoolhouse there, after I had some trouble in school in Michigan where I grew-up. Also in early 1974, I tried to hitchhike away from my abuser when I walked away from the Chester, VT high school during the lunch hour after attending there part of one day. The VT State Highway Patrol out of the Chester Barracks picked me up a couple of exits down I-91 after I had already made some progress trying to get to my aunt and uncle's house in Mass. The Highway Patrol listened to my story then called my abuser and had him pick me up and take me back to his home in Gassetts for more violent abuse.
My parent's friend from Gassetts was active in local and Statewide political issues when she lived there. Perhaps 7-10 years ago this woman moved from Gassetts to Scottsdale, AZ. I have an aunt and uncle who live in Charlotte, VT, and a cousin who is a fireman in Jericho, VT. My cousin's wife is also an EMT there. What kind of chance would I have of collecting any damages from anyone involved, including from the VT Highway Patrol, if this revision to your Statute of Limitations was enacted? Essentially I told your Highway Patrol of a serious felony sexual and physical violence crime suffered by a minor at the hands of a middle-aged adult and I wasn't believed, then I was returned to my abuser where I was forced to suffer additional violent abuse. I believe that my abuser in Gassetts is now deceased. I don't believe that the Catholic Church was involved in my victimization in VT.
Should I write to the above name from Chester, VT and give them additional pertinent facts from my case? My aunt and uncle in Charlotte, VT have also served on the Board of Selectmen there, and are politically-involved people who might very well be willing to write such a letter of support to the Legislature there in support of this proposed revision.
Things are a bit on the tight side these days, and I could use a little extra spending money.
"We stay here, we die here. We've got to keep moving". Trucker Mark